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17783Re: [mythsoc] Spanish or Scotch Boots

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  • John D Rateliff
    Feb 7, 2007
      Cf. the OED, under BOOTS: "An instrument of torture formerly used in
      Scotland to extort confessions from prisoners", a meaning they trace
      back to 1513.

      On Feb 7, 2007, at 10:28 AM, Hugh Davis wrote:

      > I have a question for this learned group. In David Constantine's
      > translation of Faust, Part I, Mephistopheles refers to "being
      > fitted tightly in Scotch boots" (line 1913). The notes suggest
      > Scotch or Spanish boots for the line, and that this is an
      > instrument of torture. I know of Spanish boots from the
      > Inquisition, but does anyone know the origin of the Scottish variety?
      > Hugh Davis
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